Woodcraft Woodshop - Ash Baseball Bat Billet - 2-7/8" x 37"
Northern white ash from Pennsylvania and upstate New York is recognized as the best material for making baseball bats. Throughout the years, baseball bats have been made from many types of wood,...
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Northern white ash from Pennsylvania and upstate New York is recognized as the best material for making baseball bats. Throughout the years, baseball bats have been made from many types of wood, including ash, oak, maple and hickory. However, as years went by players found that bats made of ash would hit the ball best. Ash makes a medium-weight bat which allows a batter to swing at the advancing ball quickly. Graded for quality with straight grain being the most important criteria, these billets are suitable for college and all lower levels of play. Billets measure 2- 7/8" in diameter and 37" in length, and, because they have been vacuum-dried to a moisture content of 9-11%, they offer superior strength.
Ash (Fraxinus americana) has a light brown heartwood with almost all white sapwood. The wood has straight, coarse, open-pored grain of even texture. Ash can be worked effectively with sharp hand tools and power tools with carbide cutters. Common uses for Ash include cabinets, chairs, flooring, food containers, tool handles and sporting implements. Ash is the preferred material for hockey sticks, polo mallets, traditional snowshoes, and the bats used in major league baseball.
- Straight grain, durable and highly stable hardwood
- Suitable for college and all lower levels of play
- Turns and finishes well
- Native to the USA
- Diameter: 2-7/8"
- Length: 37"
- Drying Method: Vacuum dried to a moisture content of 9-11%
- (1) Ash Baseball Bat Billet - 2-7/8" x 37"
- Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
- Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
- Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
- Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.
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In this months Woodcraft catalog, July 2012 edition is a special layout showing hundreds of wood species. With varieties from Ash to Zebrawood in styles of bandings to veneers, now is the time for you to benefit from this special offering with savings up to 60% off. You will also find these savings at your local Woodcraft store and online.
My teenage son is on a high school baseball team in Middle Tennessee. He is currently learning how to turn as a hobby, and instinctively started turning bats. These billets are making a really decent bat, and he is selling them as faster than he can make them. They seem to withstand continuous cage use at this point, and the team is eager to get them out for their wood bat tournaments.
I have purchased 3 of these billets and turned them down for gifts to my family. They were all very happy to get them as they are a baseball family. I personalized the burn label for each of them. All are being used extensively and holding up very well.